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Air Force ROTC provides a variety of college scholarships


Tuesday, September 25, 2012
High school students who want to serve their country in the military after graduating from college can also benefit from a wide range of scholarships offered by the Air Force ROTC. As a cadet in the Air Force ROTC not only will you serve your country, you'll also be making a valuable investment in your future.

Multiple choices
There are three types of scholarship offered through the Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program: Type 1, Type 2 and Type 7. Air Force ROTC offers scholarships in all academic majors necessary to meet Air Force needs. Type 1 scholarships are typically awarded to students who wish to enter technical fields, such as chemistry, engineering and meteorology. These scholarships cover full college tuition costs at four-year universities, the majority of associated fees and up to $900 per year for textbooks and related materials.

According to the official Air Force ROTC Web site, Type 2 scholarships are awarded to approximately 15 percent of scholarship candidates, and preference is given to individuals enrolling in technical programs that can benefit the Air Force. The maximum award is $18,000, after which students are responsible for the remainder of their fees. As with Type 1 scholarships, Type 2 recipients will be awarded up to $900 per year for books and course materials.

Type 7 scholarships pay for tuition equivalent to the in-state rate at public universities, with an additional $900 yearly award for materials. Students who apply for Type 7 scholarships, but whose college of choice does not qualify under the eligibility criteria, can opt to change their application from a Type 7 to a Type 2. All four-year Air Force scholarships activate at the beginning of students' freshman year, while three-year scholarships commence at the start of their sophomore year.

Extra help
In addition to the assistance with tuition and course materials, Air Force scholarship programs also provide recipients with a monthly stipend to help pay for living expenses. Freshman cadets receive $300, sophomores are given $350, juniors will receive $450 and seniors will be awarded $500. These stipends are non-taxable, so the entirety of the funds can go toward living expenses while students complete their qualifications.

High school scholarship recipients are also eligible for travel expenses, which cover the cost of getting from their home to their Air Force ROTC detachment. These awards are paid to students approximately one month after the commencement of their studies.

Scholarship recipients at any of the levels described above incur a four-year active duty commitment upon graduation from college. They enter the Air Force with a commission as a second lieutenant.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800869775-ADNFCR

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